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  • Newton Joseph
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      From: "Newton Joseph" <drnjoseph@...>
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      Sent: Wednesday, June 30, 2004 10:37 PM
      Subject: [CanadianAtheist]
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      > RELIGION AND LAS VEGAS
      Newton Joseph. Ph.D

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      ` Just as Las Vegas has a gambling game to fit the taste of every
      gambler so too Christianity has a denomination that will fit the taste of
      every Christian. The pathology of the compulsive gambler is that while
      gambling they can shut out their contemporary problems and is willing to
      risk all of their money to do so. Those who remain in the religion of their
      families are also compulsive in their religion and get their neurotic needs
      met by familiarity as to not cause cognitive dissidence. When they find
      their religion no longer satisfies their psychological needs will join a
      denomination that fits their particular neurosis just as the gamblers will
      find the game that satisfies their neurosis. There are those who can step
      back and examine their religion with critical eyes for the first time---even
      if they do suffer from cognitive dissidence and can stay with it long enough
      until the new information becomes familiar, they will discover the
      psychology of change. When religion ceases to comfort one intellectually and
      psychologically they often become atheists.




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